Wednesday, April 8, 2009

High Hut 4/4/2009

Sunny day on a weekend is something we didn’t see for a while so when the forecast pointed out it will be really friendly to us this time; I started thinking trails with views. High Hut immediately came to mind.

It was on my list for a while. We also needed something little bit easier since my husband was coming, and last but not least after 3 times snowshoeing in Mt. Rainier area in conditions ranging from just cloudy to white outs, we kind of needed little reassurance that the mountain is still there. This trail simply fit the bill.

We arrived to the end of plowed road at the lowest sno-park (C) around 10:15 a.m. and shortly afterwards started heading up the nicely groomed “highway” keeping to the side not to destroy the middle for the skiers. Tell me about lazy outing. No trail breaking. No crazy steep hills. Leisurely (slowpoke) pace.

The spring is here. It announced itself by melting snow of trees, sending snow bombs down at us and around us very frequently. I was very, very happy that we did not choose to go somewhere where travel directly through forest would be required.

When we arrived to the top, High Hut welcomed us with a magnificent view of Mt. Rainier and along the way we also saw Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams, and many more smaller mountains, hills, and peaks.

Definitely a great day to get up there!

RT: 8 miles
El. Gain: 2500 ft

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